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  • Calabash centenarian Millie DeMarco dies

    CALABASH — Mildred “Millie” DeMarco touched many lives and accomplished numerous goals in her rich, long life.

    As she grew older, age was just a number in DeMarco’s book—neither a factor nor a hindrance in anything she set out to do.

    One of DeMarco’s goals, in fact, was to live to be 100, which she achieved on her much-celebrated centenary birthday last Nov. 1.

    On May 3, DeMarco also took part in the Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society at West Brunswick High School.

  • Municipal election filings open Friday

    Candidate filings for the Nov. 5 municipal elections in Brunswick County open at noon this Friday, July 5, and continue through noon Friday, July 19, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections in Bolivia.

    Up for grabs are 15 mayoral seats as well as municipal board seats in all 19 of Brunswick County’s incorporated towns.

  • Tornado warning issued for Brunswick County until 7:23 p.m. Saturday

    A tornado warning has been issued for Brunswick County by the National Weather Service, effective until 7:23 p.m. Saturday, June 29.

  • Hazardous weather outlook

    A hazardous weather outlook has been issued for Saturday afternoon and Saturday night for southeastern North Carolina and northeastern South Carolina.

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a hazardous weather outlook for inland Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties as well as Robeson, Bladen and Columbus counties.

    Storms are also affecting inland Horry and Georgetown and Marlboro, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Marion and Williamsburg counties in South Carolina.

  • Summer concerts Sunday, Wednesday and Friday

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is under way for the spring-into-summer season for 2013.

    Here’s the lowdown (and schedule) of concerts in the coming week.

    Holden Beach

    Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. Sundays at the Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard. Carolina Breakers perform Sunday, June 30.

    Sunset Beach

  • Lightning knocks out power

    Lightning from a thunderstorm knocked out power Thursday night in portions of Brunswick County.

    The outage affected about 15,000 customers in the Holden Beach and Supply areas, said Judy Gore, spokeswoman for Brunswick Electric Membershop Corp.

    Five substations were out as a result of lightning strikes at the Prospect transmission station, Gore said.

    The outage occurred between 9-10 p.m. and lasted for a little over an hour before power was restored, Gore said.

  • Keeping Holden Beach beautiful the goal of June 30 beach sweep

    There’s plenty to do on Holden Beach—swimming, surfing, sunbathing—and on Sunday, June 30, add sweeping.

    Christopher Politis of Paradise Café and Sheila Faye Donahue are organizing a beach sweep cleanup effort from 9:30-noon that will cover the beach from Paradise Café at 102 Jordan Blvd. to the Holden Beach pier at 441 Ocean Blvd. W.

  • Extending waterway dredging window might require a fight

    A grassroots approach may be needed to break restrictions on waterway dredging.

    That was proposed at the latest Brunswick Beaches Consortium meeting June 13.

    The Brunswick Beaches Consortium is a regional group charged with helping its members work together to solve challenges of beach erosion and to provide a group approach for beach preservation.

    Harry Simmons, mayor of Caswell Beach and president of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, said the way to make dredging area waterways cheaper is to expand the dredging window, or eliminate it entirely.

  • Brunswick County’s Myrtle Beach/Wilmington tug of war going to Obama

    Brunswick County’s U.S. legislative representatives won’t hand the county over to South Carolina without a fight.

    U.S. Senator Kay Hagan and U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre will ask President Barack Obama to referee their fight with the Office of Management and Budget.

    Earlier this year, the OMB, a federal agency, switched Brunswick County to the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) after years of statistical connection to Wilmington.

  • Navassa plant closing costs 600 jobs

    One of Brunswick County’s largest industrial employers announced June 19 it will close its local plant.

    DAK Americas runs a plant in Navassa that employs about 600 workers—350 full-time employees and 250 contract workers—but said they intend to shut down by September.

    “We acknowledge that this business decision is very difficult for our employees and thank them for their dedication and commitment to our industry for more than 40 years,” Jorge Young, DAK Americas’ president, said in announcing the plant closing.